MANAGING A BALANCE IN SHORT-TERM RENTALS REGARDING THE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY.
There is a dire need to strike a fair and sustainable approach when it comes to regulating short-term rental properties. Our Comprehensive Plan states “Isle of Palms has developed into a premier barrier island residential community with a variety of housing styles, commercial uses and recreational facilities.” So, it is reasonable for us to protect the very identity of the Isle of Palms. The goal is to find a middle ground that considers the concerns of all interested parties: residents, second home owners, and investors involved in the short-term rental market.
The simplest approach is the creation of the new short term rental business licenses and placing a cap that is in line with the historical breakdown of 1/3 resident, 1/3 second homeowner and 1/3 investor. This balance ensures the viability of the Isle of Palms as a “premier barrier island residential community”. The goal is to make certain the quality of life for residents is not impacted by the presence of short-term rentals. The objective is to create a framework that allows short-term rentals to exist harmoniously within our neighborhoods. I believe Preserve IOP Now has accomplished this framework and according to the petition's signatures, 1173 island residents agree.
PRESERVING AND PROTECTING THE ECOLOGY OF ISLE OF PALMS
As barrier island, we have a distinct ecosystem . We need to guarantee that the natural resources making up the ecosystem are monitored, managed, and protected. This includes safeguarding waterways, beaches, dunes, marshes, wildlife habitats, and endangered species. Conservation, restoration projects when needed, and sustainable land use practices are key components. The goal of this stewardship is to maintain a harmonious balance between human activities and the natural environment, ensuring the long-term health and beauty of Isle of Palms.
MAINTAINING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY OF ISLAND GOVERNMENT
In any corporation, the board and management have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders. It is no different for the Isle of Palms, the board (city council), and management (city administration) have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders (voters). Money is a tool that is to be used wisely, responsibly, and effectively for the benefit of the shareholders. The difference between for-profit corporations and governments is that corporations’ sole purpose is to make money, focusing on increases in revenue and return on investments for its shareholders. This is not the purpose of local government which is the welfare of the community by exercising its power and responsibilities to work together for peace, order and the good of the community. It is my pledge to the voters that I will work diligently as a fiduciary for the good of the community.
ENSURING TRANSPARENCY IN ALL AREAS OF GOVERNMENT
If elected, I will promote openness, accountability, and accessibility in the decision-making processes, operations, and actions of the IOP City Council. This involves providing clear and comprehensive information to the public, allowing for scrutiny, and understanding of how the government functions and how public resources are used. Transparency means disclosing relevant data, policies, and documents, as well as fostering public participation and engagement. It is only through transparency that IOP City Council can build trust, encourage informed civic participation, and enhance public confidence in the integrity and fairness of its actions.
MONITORING ENFORCEMENT OF ORDINANCES AS WRITTEN.
This item should really come under ensuring transparency in all areas of government but because of recent proclamations by some on City Council it is important that it is addressed separately. The purpose of our ordinances is to outline the rules and regulations, as well as the responsibilities of being member of this community no matter if you are a fulltime resident, second home owner, investor, vacation renter, or day tripper. We must see to it that local regulations and laws are upheld according to their intended purpose and scope. Actively overseeing the compliance and enforcement of ordinances without deviating from their original intent will build trust in the IOP City Council.